“…The signifieds butt heads with the signifiers. And we all fall down slackjawed to marvel at words.”
BRIT HUME: You took a question the other day about Iraqi casualties.
And you used the number 30,000. First of all, why did you decide to take those questions after you made a speech, which presumably you were hoping might be the news of the day? And the second thing is, where’d you get the number 30,000?
BUSH: I thought about – the morning of the trip, I thought it would be kind of an interesting diversion, in a sense. In other words, people expect one thing, and sometimes to do the unexpected in the public arena helps draw attention to a speech that might – I can’t say would’ve been ignored, but sometimes it’s hard for me to burn through the filter.
Secondly, that was a number that’s been floating around the public. You know, it was a number that was in the press. The 30,000 Iraqis, I must tell you, it’s speculative. I don’t think anybody knows the exact number. What’s important for the American people to know is that our mission in Iraq is to target the guilty and protect the innocent. That’s what you go over with precision weapons and good intelligence. The terrorists’ mission in Iraq is to target the innocent.